What: Difficult to imagine a more magical retreat from the everyday than these ten swish stilt houses cradled in the boughs of majestic mahogany trees. A far cry from your childhood tree house, this sumptuous safari lodge, designed to exert minimal impact on its natural environment, is an exceptional way to revel in the joys of nature without sacrificing your five-star creature comforts.

Where: Located in the midst of an ancient mahogany forest, this is the only lodge in Tanzania' s ultra-diverse Lake Manyara National Park. The Park encompasses six distinct natural habitats for animals, ranging from a stunning soda lake that plays host to flamingos and hippos to the bush, graced by tree-climbing lions, and the country's largest concentration of elephants. Birdwatchers will not be disappointed either.

Why: Let yourself be invigorated by the extraordinary landscape that inspired Ernest Hemingway to write his classic novel "The Green Hills of Africa." Indulge your adventurous spirit by going on an exhilarating game drive in 4x4 safaris or an interpretive bush walk with a Masai guide. After these appetite-inducing activities, feast on a lovely pan-African meal on your suite's private veranda, served by your own personal butler. Then drift off to sleep, lulled by the sounds of the jungle.